Psalm 98 is another of the psalms that makes clear that God is the King of everything. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and worthy of our praise. “Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things”! God has done wonderful things, beginning with creation and leading right to today. He has protected His people and kept them safe. “His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him”. He is the ultimate Super Hero and stands against evil each and every day.
He doesn’t fulfill His place in secret. “The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations”. There is often a question about God and what will happen to those folks from Africa or other places around the globe who haven’t heard about God. Scripture is pretty clear that you really can’t live under a rock big enough to keep you from seeing what God has and continues to do. “All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God”. It isn’t a mystery. God is alive and at work and is doing it in the wide open spaces so that all can see.
We’re told again to “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre”. We are commanded to make noise to the Lord. It is how we worship and let the world know that He reigns. We are the mouthpiece to let the world know that He is Lord. We are to shout it from the mountaintops and sing it from wherever we are. It should flow out of us, not be something we are forced to try and manufacture. Praising God should be the outcome of our living in His very presence.
There is much to celebrate with the God of the universe – starting with His deep and abiding love. But there is another side of the relationship – the one that is based on his righteousness and holiness that will yield a different kind of interation. “He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity”. We like the positive stuff and knowing that God loves us. But the truth is that love requires Him to also judge us. It will happen when we stand before Him at death, and we are asked to give an account. We’ll stand there as sinners that have fallen short and missed the mark and be asked:
- What did you do with Jesus whom God sent to this earth to tell His story of salvation but was captured, beaten, crucified and died on a Cross as a common sinner before He arose from the dead on the third day and conquered death? His blood is our only hope to cover our sin and meet God’s requirements.
- What did you do with all the time, talent and treasure God entrusted to us? We are to be stewards of those gifts and use them to serve God and people well.
It’s that simple. We have to answer those questions someday. Are you ready?